In the spring of 1848, as revolution and unrest raged across Europe, Kennington was at the centre of the fight for social justice in Britain. Tens of thousands of people gathered on Kennington Common on the 10th of April, demanding the right to vote.

The Chartist movement was a popular campaign that saw working people come together behind the Charter’s six demands for democratic reform, at a time when only those with land and property were allowed to vote.

The story of the Chartists’ fight for justice includes dedicated women’s groups, and inspirational figures such as Anne Knight, who produced what is thought to be the earliest leaflet on women’s suffrage, and the radical William Cuffay, son of an emancipated slave.

In this archive of the Kennington Chartist Project you can find out – what is the legacy of #Kennington1848 today? 

From the archive

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About the Kennington Chartist Project

Kennington Chartist Project was an initiative by local residents in 2018 to raise awareness of the 1848 Chartist Rally on Kennington Common, explore its relevance today, and to generate ideas for future memorials or commemorations. Supported by the Friends of Kennington Park, and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.


This exact spot, a South London fork in the Rd, a stone's throw from parliament, site of the old Horns Tavern and the Chartist rally of #kennington1848, is again chosen for a show of force, and the reassertion of state power. Coincidence?!!!